The Board of Education of the Perry Community School District has announced that Clark Wicks will be the new Superintendent of Schools July 1. Wicks will replace the retiring Lynn Ubben, who has served as superintendent since the 2009-10 school year.
The board narrowed a field of 18 original applicants to six, with those candidates interviewed by four hiring committees composed of administrators, directors, teachers, parents and community members and the school board.
A four-hour closed meeting April 3 revealed only that the board was deadlocked on two finalists, each considered more than worthy of the position — Wicks and current Perry Middle School Principal Shaun Kruger.
Both were re-interviewed by the board Thursday during a closed session in the beginning at 6 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the School Administration Building. The board took a brief recess after the first interview, then returned to closed session.
An open session was held in the Clarion Room on the first floor, where the announcement was made.
The new position will be a homecoming of sorts for Wicks, who served as the principal at Perry Elementary from 1989-2012.
He is currently the part-time superintendent of Orient-Macksburg. Wicks began his career in education in 1979 as a fourth grade teacher in what is now the Panorama school district. He had also served as a fourth grade teacher at Johnston and as principal at Rockwell City Elementary.